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Environmental Radiation Exposures

Fundamental questions remain unanswered on the potential hazards of low-dose, protracted radiation exposures from environmental radiation sources. Investigators in DCEG’s Radiation Epidemiology Branch are continuing a long-term collaboration with investigators from the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Japan on a broad range of studies.

In addition, REB is attempting to answer these questions in studies of cancer and related outcomes in persons exposed to radionuclides from the Chernobyl accident, fallout from nuclear weapons testing in Kazakhstan, and radioactive waste contamination in the South Urals in Russia.

Examples of studies include:

Atomic Bomb Survivors

Thyroid Disease in Young Persons Near Chernobyl

Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, Kazakhstan

Techa River